January 2024

Clarke: Viola Sonata, Violin Sonata (Oehms Classics)

Rebecca Clarke’s string sonatas chart her movement from Brahms to modernism [JW]

Sperger: String Quartets (cpo)

Conventional Classical-era quartets, with some quirky details [SV]

Spanish Impressions – Piano Trios (Reference Recordings)

An interesting program, with good if not outstanding performances [DJB]

Na’ama Goldman (mezzo-soprano): Legata (Solo Musica)

A fascinating new voice in a programme tied to her cultural heritage but with universal appeal [GF]

Beethoven: Symphonies No. 1-3 (ABC Classics)

Breathlessly executed – flashy, but no interpretative nuance [RMo]

Gilles: Messe des Morts (Château de Versailles)

Pleasant music in good but not exceptional performances [MP]

Müller-Hartmann: Chamber music (Chandos)

An interesting byway of twentieth-century music [WH]

Trails of Creativity. Music from Between the Wars (Avie Records)

(Déjà Review) There’s something for everybody in this excellently played between-the-wars anthology of music [JL]

Bach JS: The First Cantata Year, Vol. 1 (Hänssler Classic)

This first volume in the projected series of J.S. Bach’s First Cantata Year has got off to a most auspicious start [MC]

Handel: Total Eclipse (Somm Recordings)

Some of Handel’s most beautiful arias in instrumental versions, performed with vitality, sensitivity and rhythmical precision [GF]

Lalo orchestral Chandos

Lalo: Orchestral Works (Chandos)

Played with sensitivity balanced by enthusiasm [JF]

Migot: Complete Works for Guitar (Brilliant Classics)

Little known Migot given a chance to breathe again … a Fauré-like lambency and warmth [RB]

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

Sean Shibe: Profesión (Pentatone)

An exciting album of South American solo guitar music [SW]

Wagner: Die Walküre (Sterling)

Fine conducting and orchestral playing and an impressive Brünnhilde – but compromised by a poor Siegmund and a weak Wotan [RMo]

Oboe Concertos from Bohemia (Claves)

(Déjà Review) An excellently planned programme [NHo]

Szabo piano 97104

Szabó: Complete solo piano works (Brilliant Classics)

A scarcely known composer is permitted an eloquent and at times disconcerting calling-card [RB]

Bruckner syms 99311

Bruckner: 10 Symphonies (Gramola)

Grand, broad, live performances of Bruckner’s symphonies now collected in a box set [RMo]

French 2piano NI5953

French Music for 2 Pianos (Nimbus Records)

A delightful collection of Hahn, Koechlin, and Tailleferre for two pianos [RMas]

Stravinsky violin BIS2657

Stravinsky, Bartok & Martinů (BIS)

A puzzling release in which clarity trumps nuance and warmth [JW]

Lutoslawski concerto ODE14442

Lutosławski: Orchestral works (Ondine)

Spectacular in every respect [SG]

Sgambati piano 8573272

Sgambati: Piano Concerto (Naxos)

A heroic performance of a remarkable piano concerto [JF]

Tosti sogno PTC5187184

Tosti: Sogno (Pentatone)

A lovely recital with several rarely heard Tosti songs [GF]

vivaldi concertos sony

Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Magnificent accounts to cherish [MC]